For some reason, my computer only lets me post a few pictures at a time so the last post was cut short. Here are a few more pictures of food in Chiapas:
Apparently, being in Mexico was not enough cross-cultural foods for some of my dear team members. That is why we went to a Japanese restaraunt in downtown San Cris one night. We ate SUSHI. Now, it is time to teach you all a new Spanish word that is closely related to the word sushi: Huacala. This means 'yucky'. I was told it is used when referring to someone who vomits but I decided that it is totally appropriate to use that word when referring to sushi because I felt slightly green all night :)Actually it wasn't too bad, there was also rice but that is not my first or second or even tenth choice of a restaraunt.
After the sushi dinner, we went out for gelato. Although I am not sure what that was. It was ice cream and yummy but the Spanish sounded like gelato. It made up for the having to eat huacala comida :)
While in Chiapas, we visited a childrens' home run by a christian family who are from Mexico. These kids are so well behaved and loved by the parents. We spent the day at the home and built a swing set and just played with the kids. For lunch, we had hamburgers, Mexican style. They were good! And the kids were thrilled for this special treat.
This is standard food in the jungle. Meals consist of rice, beans, tortillas of course, and eggs. That's what people eat every day. The eggs are cooked in a big pan of oil so they literally are "fried eggs". More like deep fried :) This particular meal was our breakfast. It was not uncommon to eat beans and rice and tortillas for breakfast at all. No pancakes, bacon, waffles, or quiche in the jungle!
While our team was in the jungle, we cooked alot of our own meals and this is one of them. It was really yummy. It had noodles and corn and something else in it. One night, we opened more cans of corn and just scooped it into our bowls. Apparently there wasn't enough in the soup :)
What most of you probably don't know is that I was sick pretty much the whole time I was in Mexico. I apparently picked up a wiggly friend somewhere between eating a little sketchy food and swimming in Agua Azul. For about 2/3 of my time in Chiapas, I felt very sick whenever I ate. This is not normal and taking vitamins and probiotics didn't help so when I got home, I was sick for about 3 weeks. I would get light headed if I stood up fast, and was SO tired. I also had a fever alot. My missionary doctor friend sat me down and asked me a few questions then told me "Yep, you have giardia" and called in a prescription drug for me to take. I love having friends in high places. No blood tests or stool samples necessary! It's weird because none of my friends got really sick so I guess I was just the "lucky" one :)
The Lord was so gracious and faithful to me while in Chiapas. He always is even when things aren't going my way. He gave me the strength to eat what was set before me and to eat it without puking. It's not that the food was yucky, it's just I was sick all the time I was there but to refuse food is very offensive. So I was able to eat all that was set before me (usually). I hope you enjoy reading a little about the food experiences in Mexico. I'll just say this food is better than the food in Papua New Guinea :)
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